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Dr. Fruzsina Müller

researcher staff

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Thielallee 71
14195 Berlin

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Fruzsina Müller has been researching topics of hospital, nursing and medical history as well as the history of sexualized violence since her doctorate in 2016. Her focus is on contemporary European history with a focus on (divided) Germany and Hungary. Since June 2023, she is a member of the project network "Leviathan", in which she is researching European syphilis control in the postwar period, penicillin production, and the treatment of sexually ill patients in selected European countries.

Current research project

The project "Syphilis Control in Europe after 1945: Health Education, Antibiotic Production and (Forced) Treatment" focuses firstly on the question of how the antibiotic penicillin spread across the political borders of the Cold War. Penicillin made syphilis a relatively easily curable disease for the first time, but its (patented) production and storage had to be learned, financed, and maintained. Second, the management of syphilis after antibiotic treatment was introduced is of interest. Until then, it had been a contagious disease whose carriers were considered a danger to the health of society. They were often forcibly treated and isolated. That this practice did not end with the treatability of syphilis is shown by the closed venereological wards in the GDR, which existed until the 1980s.

Research focus

  • History of nursing, especially deaconesses and migrant nurses
  • Hospital history, especially Protestant hospitals
  • Sexualized violence in (Protestant) institutions
  • European state socialisms (especially Hungary and the GDR)

Selected publications

Translated with (free version)

Müller, F. (2023) Das Leipziger Diakonissenhaus. Eine evangelische Schwesternschaft und ihr Krankenhaus in der Stadtgeschichte. Leipzig, Leipziger Universitätsverlag (im Druck).

Müller, F., Bluhm, S., Kessl, F. und Lorenz-Sinai, F. (2023) Aufarbeitung der gewaltförmigen Konstellation der 1950er Jahre im evangelischen Schülerheim Martinstift in Moers. Wuppertal, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, (open access).

Müller, F. (2021) Protestant Nursing in Crisis? The Shortage of Deaconesses in the GDR Using the Example of the Evangelisch-Lutherisches Diakonissenhaus Leipzig. In: European Journal for Nursing History and Ethics, 3/2021, (open access, peer-reviewed).

Müller, F. (2021) Das Leipziger Diakonissenhaus im Nationalsozialismus in geschlechtergeschichtlicher Perspektive. In: Markwardt, Müller, Westfeld (Hg.): Konfession und Wohlfahrt im Nationalsozialismus. Beispiele aus Mittel- und Ostdeutschland, Berlin, Duncker&Humblot, 195-227.

Müller, F. (2017) Jeanssozialismus. Konsum und Mode im staatssozialistischen Ungarn, Göttingen, Wallstein


Vita Dr. Fruzsina Müller

Fruzsina Müller was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1981. She studied German and journalism there and in Leipzig and received her PhD in comparative cultural history from the University of Leipzig in 2016. Between 2016 and 2020, she worked as a research assistant at the Leipzig Deaconess House and produced several exhibitions, publications, and a monograph on its history. Most recently, she worked at the University of Wuppertal on the historical reappraisal of a Rhineland abuse case in the Protestant church. She is currently researching nurses with migration experience and syphilis treatment in post-war Europe. As a member of an initiative group, she has been campaigning for a memorial for the former municipal labor institution in Leipzig for several years.